Kirsten Flagstad

A Brünnhilde for the Ages


Saturday, March 27 at 4pm PST on Zoom
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Opera in 1930’s America was on the outs and its survival was in grave danger. But overnight, one woman saved the artform—Kirsten Flagstad.


Join writer Paul Thomason and Annika E. Engelhart, Director of the Kirsten Flagstad Museum in Norway, for an in-depth look at this pivotal figure in opera with archival footage and recordings.

When Kirsten Flagstad made her sensational, historic Metropolitan Opera debut as Sieglinde in Die Walküre in 1935, audiences went wild. Suddenly she went from an unknown Norwegian singer to being on the cover of Time magazine. Whatever she sang, she was box office gold, and gave audiences memories that lasted a lifetime. Her miraculous performances prompted San Francisco Opera to take the enormous leap of presenting the company’s first-ever Ring cycle that autumn with Flagstad as Brünnhilde.

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About Paul Thomason

Paul Thomason has contributed to the Metropolitan Opera Playbill for over two decades and regularly writes for the San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Chicago Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, the Juilliard School, and Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal. The London Philharmonic used his program notes for their recent concert performances of the Ring operas. He is a regular guest on the award-winning podcast “Aria Code,” and has appeared on Met Opera radio broadcast intermissions, as well as writing scripts for the company’s Saturday afternoon broadcasts and the historic broadcast series on Sirius-XM satellite radio.

About Annika E. Engelhart

Annika E. Engelhart is the Director of The Kirsten Flagstad Museum in Hamar, Norway.


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